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40 - الْجَلِيلُ

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الْجَلِيلُ  is translated as The Majestic and The Glorious. It has the meaning of being powerful and mighty.


The traits of Allah ta’ala are divided into two: 

•    Sifaat-e-Jalaali – The traits to do with domination, anger, strength, and there are only a few of these.

•    Sifaat-e-Jamaali – The traits that are to do with beauty, mercy etc. and there are more of these.


Some Scholars say الْجَلِيلُ has both – similar to this is الْكَبِيرُ.


Allah ta’ala is Majestic in His Dhaat (Essence) and it refers to Allah ta’ala being perfect and The Greatest in terms of His Dhaat. Another is الْعَظِيمُ and this is understood as Allah ta’ala being perfect in His Dhaat and Sifaat but perceived by intellectual insight. الْجَلِيلُ means perfection of the attributes of Allah ta’ala meaning Allah ta’ala is majestic in His attributes. In the Qur’an Allah ta’ala says, 


لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَيْءٌ – There is nothing like Him.


Therefore He is Majestic and above and beyond everything in His Dhaat and Sifaat.


Mulla Ali Qari (Rahimahullah) said when you try to understand this Sifat of Allah ta’ala everything in the universe becomes the manifestation of Allah ta’ala’s greatness i.e. certain amazing facts about the sun which Aalimah S. Ahmed mentioned are a manifestation of His greatness. This is when you ponder on the Sifaat of Jalaal and look at the world around you, then your love and fear of Allah ta’ala increases and thereafter respect for His Book will increase and then respect for the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam will develop. 



To connect to this name we should ponder on the Jalaal of Allah ta’ala when we look at nature.


To have mercy on those who seem weaker or lower than you. To Allah ta’ala the most educated and the richest are equal to those who are poor and least educated so we cannot regard anyone lower to us. In front of Allah ta’ala’s Jalaal we are small. The feeling should develop in the heart that we are so small and insignificant and that true Adhmat (Greatness) belongs only to Allah ta’ala. 



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